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post #1 of 15 Old 12-29-2014, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone read, "How To Think Like a Horse" by Cherry Hill?

I received the book, How to Think Like A Horse, by Cherry Hill, as a Christmas present and have been reading/thumbing through it for the past few days. Seems to have a lot of good information, especially if you're trying to get some knowledge under your belt as a new rider or owner. Has anyone else here read it or checked it out? Any opinions on it? Please feel free to discuss any points you found interesting in it that you would emphasize reading thoroughly!

I will say, the chapter about a horses vision was helpful. It isn't something that has ever been explained to me or broken down before. The pictures below are from the book, and it explained the eye functionality and also what the horse sees vs what we see, pretty neat stuff!
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-29-2014, 12:53 PM
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I have read it. I think I got it from the library. I do have her other book, "What Every Horse Should Know".
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I've read several of her books and think there is a lot of insight in them. I find that as I learn more, I go back to them for reference. A good addition to your library, IMO.
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I refer to this book nearly once a week. It has tons of things that help me decide what would be the best thing to do to work out a training issue or to see if I am looking at something the wrong way.
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My favorite book by far is 'Natural Horse-man-ship' by Pat Parelli. It covers so much, is concise and practical. I found it way more helpful than 'how to think like a horse', but that's just mho. It's available on Amazon for ?$15ish, or you can borrow my copy if you want, since I come down your way regularly to see Sonny. It's on loan to a friend, but I can get it back anytime.

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Horses also have a small, horizontal area in the eye with 30-100 times the density of receptors as found in the rest of the eye - depending on which book you read. That area should provide vision only a little worse than humans, and is also part of why they need to move their heads to see well. It can also be why they spook at something we think they should have seen. When it enters the area of best vision, they can see things they could not see a moment before.
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Thanks, Fay! I might have to look into that one, I see it referenced here often.

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-30-2014, 10:17 AM
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I love that book, but I am a bit of a book nerd. I'll read anything if it means my boy and I can try something new.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-30-2014, 11:57 AM
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I also got this book for Christmas and agree it is full of good information. I too, was most intrigued by the monocular/binocular vision breakdown. I ride trails, and my horses will instinctively stop when they hear/see something approaching, and it does take a few seconds (long after I am saying, just a guy walking...) for them to get it completely in focus, size it up, and understand that there is no threat present. Then I can move them along. I let them do this even more willingly, rather than pushing them through immediately, after understanding their vision.
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-30-2014, 12:00 PM
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I believe that was one of the many books I read back in my pony club days. Very good book. I like a lot of her books, both on riding and horse keeping (Horsekeeping on Small Acreage is like my bible).
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